Ndarugu Tea Factory Company Limited
Kuri Tea Factory is a satellite of Theta Tea factory. Its construction started in 2005 and completed in 2009. The Factory was started with an aim of easing congestion at Theta Tea Factory which was operating far much above capacity. It is also a form of rural industrialisation that promotes employment opportunities of fast growing rural youth.
The factory started operations in April 2010 to manufacture black C.T.C. tea, with an annual installed processing capacity of 10,000,000 kgs green leaf. The factory has however surpassed the capacity.
Kuri serves 3,245 registered growers who deliver their green leaf to 35 coded collection centres and 35 Uncoded collection centres. The total area under tea measures approximately 2743.49 hectares’ and a total of 14,711,596 bushes have been planted. The factory catchments are rich in red volcanic soils which is good for growth of tea.
The factory is situated at 2,100 meters above the sea level on the slopes of Aberdare Ranges in Kirangi Sub location, Ndarugu location, Gatundu South District in Kiambu county. The main rivers that serve the factory include Ruabura river. The main clones that are grown in the catchment includes 31/8, 6/8. The temperatures ranges from a minimum of 13 degrees to a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius while the relative humidity ranges from 70 -90 degrees.
The type of teas sold by the factory include the four primary grades namely BP1- Broken Pekoe,
PF1 –Pekoe Fannings, PD- Pekoe Dust and D1 – Dust 1 and Secondary grades include Fannings and Dust.
The factory is governed by 8 directors who are elected by the tea farmers representing seven electoral areas plus the board member representing Zone 1.
The current factory directors are:
Kuri Tea Factory cna be accessed through the following roads: Nairobi – Thika Super highway- Kenyatta road- Gatundu- Karatu- Kirangi road or Nairobi- Thika Super highway – Kenyatta road- Gatundu- Kagema- Gitwe road- ituramiro road.
|Charles M. Njoroge- Chairman||Peter K. Kiarie- Vice Chairman||Peter Kimani Wairia|
|John Kamau Ndungu||James Kamuyu Thuku||Peter K. Njuguna|
|Francis N. Mwangi|
Postal Address: P.O. BOX 247-01030
Telephone: 020-2494167 | 0713 610737